Psychosis is a disorder of logical and perceptual thinking that results from increased secretion of the dopamine hormone in the brain. The patient with psychosis is separated from reality and disturbed in thinking, resulting in audiovisual hallucinations. How do I deal with a patient with psychosis?
The psychiatric patient needs a specific method of treatment to avoid deterioration of his condition.
Some people may develop “acute psychosis”, as they have all the symptoms of psychosis, but only for a short period of time, after experiencing severe trauma, such as the death of a close person or exposure to many problems, and the patient is recovering quickly without the need for medical drugs.
The genetic factor plays an important role in the possibility of developing psychosis, as studies have revealed that people with a family history of psychosis have a higher risk of developing this disease than others.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Jaloudi, a consultant psychiatrist, informs you about the symptoms of psychosis, and how to deal with the patient:Symptoms of psychosis
1- An imbalance in the functions of the five senses.
2- An imbalance in the performance of daily job tasks, whether related to work or study.
3- Isolation and introvertedness, and an unwillingness to mix with others.
4- The occurrence of an imbalance in the functions of thinking and perception, and one of the most prominent results of the imbalance in the functions of thinking: a misleading feeling; that is, the belief in an idea that is rooted in the patient’s mind does not change permanently, such as the belief that someone is watching him, or that someone wants to harm him.
Cognitive disturbances are evident in auditory and visual hallucinations, where the patient believes that someone (not already present) is moving in front of or talking to him, and begins to respond to and conduct full conversations with him.
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Once these symptoms appear on the person with psychosis, they must be taken immediately to a psychiatrist to perform a clinical examination, through which the doctor confirms that he has a psychotic disease, so he begins performing a laboratory examination, which includes a blood test and planning the brain, To ensure increased secretion of the hormone dopamine that causes psychosis, and start using medicinal drugs needed for treatment, accompanied by treatment sessions at the psychiatrist.